Liv Hambrett

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Travel + Life Abroad, Travel: Australia

Kangaroo Heaven

I am about to bombard you with photos of kangaroos. Not kangaroos from the zoo, or taken from afar with a shaky zoom, but kangaroos nuzzling the camera lens, coming in for a pat, sniffing our bags and hands for food.


We pulled off the freeway, en route to the north-coast town of Port Macquarie on the weekend, and visited a national state park that surrounds Lake Macquarie. Lake Macquarie, by the way, is Australia’s largest coastal salt-water lake and quite something to behold.

Part of the national park, is a kangaroo sanctuary, where dozens upon dozens of roos live in lovely, peaceful surrounds needing only worry about tourists who come to see them and ignore the signs saying ‘don’t feed the kangaroos bread.’ They’re obviously getting fed bread, because it’s precisely what they expected us to bring.


We didn’t, obviously, and once they figured out we were food-less, they settled for an hour of being patted and posing for selfies and up close and personal portraits.






It was a remarkable thing for me, as an Australian, to do – but for a foreigner, it was out of this world. SG floated on air for hours afterwards. Couldn’t top it until, a day later, we saw a ‘wild’ koala up a tree. Can you see him?


There he is …



  1. Lutz Mowinski

    25 February, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Hehe, I would probably have reacted the same way in SG’s place 😀

    1. Liv

      25 February, 2014 at 6:31 am

      I have never seen him so high or thoroughly satisfied with a cultural/tourism experience … it was wonderful to behold (as were his selfies with the roos).

  2. Katharina

    25 February, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Arrived at Sydney a few days ago, I should go there and visit some cute kangaroos:)… (Do you know if it is possible to go there by public trains/busses? (The public transport system in Sydney and NSW really confuses me:( ) In Germany it was always so nice to read your australian view to Germany (and the differences between the south and the north -> so true), now I’m happy to get some input for my time in Australia.

  3. flythesevenseas

    28 February, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Love the photos – my German was disappointed on our recent road trip as it wasn’t until around the 8th day that he saw some kangaroos in the wild! And suprisingly, despite my ‘german family’ calling me the Aussie kangaroo, it was the german that had absolutely no fear to interact with the kangaroos! Glad you could also spot a koala – that truly is special!

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